Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Weavers................



"Weavers" (2014)
 
Stories are not abstractions from life but how we engage with it.  We make stories and those stories make us human.  We awaken into stories as we awaken into language, which is there before and after us.  The question is not so much "What do I learn from stories" as "What stories do I want to live?"   Insofar as I'm non-dual with my narratives, that question is just as much, 

"What stories want to come to life through me?"

David R. Loy, "The World is Made of Stories" 

Sometimes I become overwhelmed with the events of the world, and have to refuse to watch the news, even the worthy information that colleagues send me.  At such a crucial time in the evolution of humanity,  such a long awaited and brief window, the old and ugly stories of war, of greed, of old patriarchal tribal war gods endlessly demanding blood and supremacy, and endless consumer economies that can lead only to collapse........... and both leading to the end of hope.   No, you can't live with that.  So I stop, and walk into the garden, and remember the stories that are sacred, the myths that renew and sustain.  
  
It seems to me that we are every day planting and weaving the World Stories as tell our own stories in so many ways.  And, whether we realize it or not, we are doing so in collaboration with many others.  As  the generative  incubation of  winter quietly approaches, may we remember how important our task really is, how little time we really have:  to  plant seeds for the future that ever grow,  ever green, into  stories of the Sacred Earth and our true community with All Beings. 

"Midwives" (2014)

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Zoe's Camino de Santiago

All photos are copyright Zoe d'Ay (2014)


Camino de SantiagoThis summer my friend Zoe d'Ay, who lives in southern England, walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain at the age of 68.  It's been my delight to make a Blog for her and share vicariously her stories of "The Way", along with her beautiful photos of her Pilgrimage.  

The blog is still being developed, but I wanted to invite others to visit her Blog,  and walk with her a bit of the Way.  The posts go backward, with the beginning of her journey at the beginning of the Blog. 


 

 

 



 










Monday, September 22, 2014

400,000 Strong Marching for Climate in N.Y.C.!

  

Think about it - 400,000 people marching through the canyons of New York City, one of the worlds great centers of commerce, marching for a Global Civilization to save our planet from climate devastation.  This is reality, not a novel.

These, as Paul Simon sang, are the Days of Miracles and Wonders.  Truly, a historical event.


Thanks to Joyce for this! 












Saturday, September 20, 2014

Mabon! And The Circle Has No End

 
I want to wish the Blessings of Mabon, The Autumn Equinox, the Second Harvest Festival to all my friends.  An auspicious, a sacred day, and I remember well when I lived back East and celebrated with honey mead and fallen apples, gathered  brilliant red on the brilliant green grass.

Being a person from the dry west, I found it miraculous, amazing, this overwhelming generosity of  Gaia.  Given and given.  I remember in 1990 my friend Rose organized an event in NYC around the Equinox, and I brought a basket of apples I had found  on the ground.  I felt moved to share them, telling the audience  my sense of how sacred that was, these apples,  how important to remember. 

And at the end of the evening I was touched when those tough, sophisticated  New Yorkers took every single one. I sometimes think that was one of the best things I've ever done as a Priestess. 

This morning I woke up singing "The Circle Has No End".  It's not exactly a Mabon Song, but I wanted to share it today, as the Circle Turns.


Raising a glass of cider to all!






The Minds of Trees...................

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I move among the ankles 
of forest Elders, tread
their moist rugs of moss,
duff of their soft brown carpets.
Far above, their arms are held
open wide to each other, or waving
what they know, what
perplexities and wisdoms they exchange,
unknown to me as were the thoughts

of grownups when in infancy I wandered
into a roofed clearing amidst
human feet and legs and the massive
carved legs of the table,
the minds of people, the minds of trees
equally remote, my attention then
filled with sensations, my attention now
caught by leaf and bark at eye level
and by thoughts of my own, but sometimes
drawn to upgazing-up and up: to wonder
about what rises so far above me into the light. 

Denise Levertov, From Below

Monday, September 15, 2014

More travels on the Coast..........


Just to be with the Pacific Ocean, north and south.  The strange knarled trees right out of Tolkien that line the edge of the world at Casper.  I notice that I always seem to find them as entranceways to somewhere else, perhaps some strange door to the world of Faery............





When I emerged to the overlook of Jughandle Beach, I was just in time to see a wedding in progress, just in time, in fact, to snap "the kiss".



This solitary  tree, clinging so tenatiously to the edge of the cliff, is an old friend of mine.


And here is South, way south of Casper, at La Jolla down by San Diego.  I am eternally fascinated by pelicans, graceless birds on land, but when they fly they are as precise and elegant as any air show imaginable.  Might like to come back as a pelican next lifetime, living above the ocean and fishing when I'm not preening my wings.  Seems very pleasurable.



Not to mention the seals, basking in the sun when they're not barking at each other.  Swimming dogs, fascinating to watch them play with each other in the water.



And schools of brightly colored  rainbow kayaks, ignored by the bored looking pelicans.


It's been so healing to be on the ocean, to visit Mother Ocean.  Thank you and great praise, Yemaya.


One last hibiscus...........................

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Venus Synchronicities.........

"Venus" by Lorraine Capparell 
I'm still here in California. And strangely, I seem to be in the middle of a Syncronicity Cluster based on the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite/Venus.  

I think, when this kind of thing keeps going on, one must pay attention.  

I received a notice from artist Lorraine Capparell  about her beautiful sculpture (above) Venus.  Oddly, I used another of her sculptures to illustrate the previous entry. 

I received a day later an order for an Aphrodite mask.  And a notice about a Circle Work workshop with Jalaja Bonheim, who wrote Aphrodite's Daughters, a wonderful book I revisited a few weeks ago when visiting my friend Joanne, who had it on her kitchen table because she is doing research with the book. (I also posted about her a month or so back)

 Then I received a notice about an Aphrodite Workshop occurring this coming weekend, sponsored by two women I know from Reclaiming - one is an acquaintance, Laurie Lovecraft (an appropriate name for a priestess of the Goddess of Love).  I'm tempted to brave the truly horrendous L.A. traffic to attend - Laurie and Tami's description of working with the heart to open the path to creativity, and to create beauty.......is  just the healing affirmation I may need.

And how terribly wounded Aphrodite is in our world.  As I write this, I reflect on how, a few days ago, I was lying on the bed in a motel room, flipping through the TV channels.  There were no less than 5 programs within that hour about young women, girlfriends,  wives  and an exotic dancer murdered by men.  A stranger from another culture would think that raping and killing young women was the national sport. 

In fact, now that I think about it, the need to destroy Aphrodite in every way is at the very heart of patriarchal culture.  Because a culture that values love, beauty, and Eros............is a culture that would not be able to make war, or guns, because it would be a culture with great reverence for life.

Well, let's see how this unfolds..............


Aphrodite Awakening ~ 2-Day Workshop
Saturday, Sept. 13
Sunday, Sept. 14
1:00 – 5:00 pm (both days)
The Green Man Store
5712 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
$100 for 2 day workshop
Taught by Laurie Lovekraft & Urania
Step into Aphrodite’s grove for a 2-day intensive to connect with Her energy of love, pleasure, beauty, healing and sacred creativity. Greek Goddess Aphrodite arose from the foam of the elemental waters and is a later incarnation of Astarte and Inanna. Her majestic qualities can grant self-acceptance and supreme self-love. Aphrodite can help you embrace your creative identity uninhabited by fear, leading to increased vitality, magnetism, and confidence!
In a loving community of support (women and men welcome!) Aphrodite will be our guide to explore Her power and potency through ritual, trance, energy work, communication, journaling, and art. And… join us Saturday night for a Rite of Aphrodite at the Green Man Store! Details below…
“Hail Aphrodite! Sea-born queen with eyes cerulean bright. Come, all-attractive, to our prayer inclined, for thee we call, with holy, reverent mind.”
PRE-REQUISITE
This workshop is open to all participants regardless of magical experience. However we will not be spending time teaching basic magical skills, so participants should have basic skills such as grounding and individual ritual skills. If you are unsure whether this class is for you, please contact the teachers atlaurie@lovekraft.com.

Rite of Aphrodite ~ Community Ritual

Saturday, Sept. 13
7:30 Doors Open
8:00 Ritual Begins
The Green Man Store
5712 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91601
$10 – $20 (sliding scale)
Women & Men welcome!
Join us for a rousing community ritual to celebrate the Greek Goddess Aphrodite and receive her luminous blessings! Through prayer, song, and offerings we will honor the gold-crowned Great Goddess of love, grace and pleasure.
“Mighty Aphrodite, come into our hearts so that we might adore thee and get to know thee better. Watch over us as we go about our mortal days and help us to realize our potential as beautiful, creative beings!”
In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is the goddess of love, beauty, gracefulness and sexual rapture. She was depicted as a beautiful woman usually accompanied by the winged gosling Eros (Love); Her attributes included a dove, apple, scallop shell and mirror. According to Hesiod and the Homeric hymn onAphrodite, the goddess – after rising from the foam – first approached the island of Cythera, and thence went to Cyprus. As She was walking on the sea coast, flowers sprang up under her feet, and Eros and Himeros accompanied her to the assembly of the other great gods, all of whom were struck with admiration and love when Aphrodite appeared.
The early worship of Aphrodite was of eastern origin, likely introduced from Syria to the islands of Cyprus, Cythera, and others, from whence it spread all over Greece. Aphrodite was brought into Syria from Assyria and appears to have been originally identified with Astarte (known to the Hebrews as Ashtoreth).
  • Please bring an offering to Aphrodite (a flower, sea shell, something sweet, etc.)
  • A community potluck will follow the ritual, bring food and drink to share, as well as a plate, cup and utensils
  • The Rite of Aphrodite will be paired with the Aphrodite Awakening 2-Day Workshop at the Green Man Store on Saturday, September 13 & Sunday, September 14. Participation in the workshop is encouraged but not required.